January 25, 2005

Sony Qiro - Biped Robot

Sony's humanoid QRIO (formerly SDR) robot can dance, react to its environment and get up from a fall. Amazing small, self-contained robot! Sony's goal? - a personal entertainer. Major technology includes stable dynamic walking and running, full arm movement allowing throwing a ball, voice/face recognition, stereoscopic vision, obstacle avoidance, visual mapping, wireless network.

Needless to say if you are like me (too much money, too little resistance again shiny robots) you are most likely reaching for your credit card right now. This is where it gets a little confusing. There was talk of the unit being "similarly priced to a family car" around the £10-15K mark, I have read elsewhere a figure of £15000. Now it appears sony have decided not to sell the item, I guess the technology is too advanced to let people actually use. Heaven forbid that some chinese factory start knocking them out for $29.99. I own an Aibo, I want a Qiro, I will remortgage my house for one - COME ON SONY stick a price tag on the little fella and watch the money roll in :)
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